Definition of barbecue noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɑːbɪkjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːrbɪkjuː//
    (abbreviation BBQ) (informal barbie British English, Australian English) Types of meal, In the kitchen, In the garden
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  1. 1a metal frame for cooking food on over an open fire outdoors I put another steak on the barbecue. a barbecue sausage (= cooked in this way) See related entries: In the kitchen, In the garden
  2. 2an outdoor meal or party when food is cooked in this way Let's have a barbecue! See related entries: Types of meal
  3. compare cookout
    Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Spanish barbacoa, perhaps from Arawak barbacoa ‘wooden frame on posts’. The original sense was ‘wooden framework for sleeping on, or for storing meat or fish to be dried’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: barbecue